I used to spend a LOT of time here so I know how things work. This is a not a coding snack; it's a paying job. I don't expect anything for free. I have money and am willing to pay.
I'm a Win32 software developer who writes kiosk software for a living -- think ATMs, with lots of hardware: bill acceptors, credit card validators, and coin acceptors. Zillions of software interfaces to strange hardware. My stuff's established and ~5 years old, running at 40+ customer sites and everything's groovy.
HERE'S THE PROBLEM, AND WHAT I NEED HELP WITH
The vendor who supplies kiosks has changed coin acceptors to a new bulk-acceptor design (think baby CoinStar) and this thing requires a software interface written using a serial-port protocol called ccTalk
I require a Win32 ActiveX (COM) control or DLL I can call from another Win32 app that allows me to control a ccTalk compliant coin acceptor. Alternatively, it could be compiled as a service that my app communicates with via TCP or named pipes or whatever... very flexible in this regard.
I'll supply sample hardware and all the documentation you can stand; you'll do the coding and deliver a finished product with minimal documentation. Additionally, if problems arise I'd like technical support after delivery until things are stable.
Why don't I just go BUY some ccTalk libraries? I wish I could. Despite the "open" nature of this spec, no vendor offers any pre-compiled libraries. Those that do consider them proprietary and won't sell to people like me. There exists a few half-completed python scripts and .NET projects floating around out there but nothing complete.
I'm an integration and GUI guy, not a low-level driver developer. I've tried and failed to write my own ccTalk drivers. So now it's time to find a gunslinger... somebody who can write this thing for me. Even if you're not THAT guy/gal but you know somebody who ends up doing the work, I'll pay you a finder's fee.
Delivery time-frame and payment are entirely negotiable. Obviously I need it fast but understand how this process works.
Obviously there is not enough information here to start anything, so please: ask me anything.
THIS IS ENTIRELY SERIOUS. I have money and am not afraid to use it. :)